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Vulkana, Tromsø.
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Take part in the downtown, alternative scene in our biggest city north of the Arctic Circle.

Mingle with polar urbans

Tromsø is the capital of explorers – including you who are hunting for fashionable cafés and bars. The adventurous spots of Northern Norway’s biggest city are now pointed out in The poor man’s connoisseur guide to Tromsø.

This useful and wonderfully wacky insider review is edited and published by Erlend Mogård-Larsen and written in cooperation with, among others, Sondre Sommerfeldt. See the proofs of Tromsø’s special ability to introduce backstreet exotica on the main street.

Guidebook editor Erlend Mogård-Larsen recommends the following inside tips for an offbeat Tromsø experience. For more inspiration, download the Tromsø Official City App.

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Erlend Mogård-Larsen.
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Do as the Tromsø locals
Hildr Gastrobar
Joyful, small dishes are based on the catch of day and the chef’s mood. The interior smells of a hunter’s cabin with a hint of 1960s memorabilia.
Hildr Gastrobar
At Aunegården it has been cooked food for over 130 years, and today serving the food they themselves call the taste of Northern Norway. They also… Read more
Aunegården AS
Burgr Bar
Some of the best burgers in town are served in this bar, which is decorated by vintage game posters on all walls.
Burgr Bar
The herculean feeling of taste can sometimes be too much… so enormous that one will have to have a little piece of everything. Presis Tapas is not… Read more
Presis Tapas
It is very rare indeed that our Ingredients arrive from any postal code other than Tromsø and its region. Having said that, where the cod swims really… Read more
Bardus Bistro
Tromsø
Raketten
Raketten (The Rocket) is the best, smallest and most wooden sausage outlet in Norway, built in 1911.
Raketten
Blå Rock Café
Tromsø is the home of numerous rock bands, and Blå Rock has been their nest since 1991. The owners are proud of the décor and the permanent exhibition…
Blå Rock Café
Tromsø bruktbokhandel
This joint for used books houses departments of Lego, Hobbit-relics, and games.
Tromsø bruktbokhandel
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    Food and drinks

    1. 1. Hildr gastrobar

      Address: Skippergata 11, 9008 Tromsø

    2. Joyful, small dishes are based on the catch of day and the chef’s mood. The interior smells of a hunter’s cabin with a hint of 1960s memorabilia. Show up early in the evening before it gets totally packed.

    3. 2. Aunegården

      Address: Sjøgata 29, 9008 Tromsø

    4. The oldest café in town offers tasteful cakes, pop-up events, and occasionally a DJ spinning vinyl in a corner. The place also serves one of the most decent coffees of the Arctic.

    5. 3. Burgr bar

      Address: Skippergata 6, 9008 Tromsø

    6. Come here to eat and play. Some of the best burgers in town are served in this bar, which is decorated by vintage game posters on all walls. A 1970s Arcade machine with more than 2,000 games makes sure the guests never leave.

    7. 4. Presis Tapas

      Address: Storggata 36, 9008 Tromsø

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    9. 5. Bardus Bistro & Bar

      Address: Cora Sandelsgate 4, 9008 Tromsø

    10. Eat Tromsø: The slogan of this eatery is local roots, international ambiance. Bardus is amongst the best bistros in town, and also has a bar. Go for the Tromsø Mix, which is a beer with tequila, orange and cinnamon.

    11. 6. Raketten

      Address: Erling Bangsunds plass 1, 9008 Tromsø

    12. Try Arctic fastfood. Raketten (The Rocket) is the best, smallest, and most wooden sausage outlet in Norway, built in 1911. It got its name after the pointed, spire-like shape of the roof.

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      Tromsø.
      Photo: Christian Roth Christensen / Visitnorway.com

      Things to do

    13. 7. Blå Rock

      Address: Strandgata 14, 9008 Tromsø

    14. Tromsø is the home of numerous rock bands, and Blå Rock has been their nest since 1991. The owners are proud of the décor and the permanent exhibition of original rock relics, like signed photo portraits by such polarities as Elvis Presley and Frank Zappa.

    15. 8. Tromsø bruktbokhandel

      Address: Kirkegata 6, 9008 Tromsø

    16. The most wild and wonderful shop in town is also the most crowded. This joint for used books houses departments of Lego, Hobbit relics and – of course – games.

    17. 9. Vulkana

      Address: Søndre Tollbodgate 17, 9008 Tromsø

    18. Dive into floating wellness. Vulkana is a small-size ship with a drop-in spa, right in the core of the Tromsø city centre port, mentioned as the best Nordic relaxation centre by Finnair magazine.

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